Rumors- City of Kennett not looking to shut down restaurants during COVID spike

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Kennett Mayor Dr. Chancellor Wayne is shutting down the rumors circulating on social media.

“I heard there were rumors circulating on a local social media site declaring the City of Kennett was preparing to shut down restaurants, but that simply isn’t true,” the Mayor stated.

Mayor Wayne said as far as he is aware, no one on the council has discussed this either.

“I haven’t talked with anyone about that possibility and I can honestly say, I haven’t heard of anyone else recommending that either,” he added.

After the Covid-19 pandemic entered and disrupted the nation, health departments nationwide stepped up to serve as a post between the general public and the Center for Disease Control (CDC.)

Cities across the nation went on lockdown, with several including Kennett, issuing curfews and strict guidelines for the public to follow. Dining establishments and local businesses closed their doors and were not allowing the general public in, for fear of spreading the virus.

Although most businesses opened their doors back up after the Governor lifted the “Stay at Home” order, some have remained closed.

What you need to know: Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported which range from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update their list as they learn more.

Mayor Wayne said although the numbers of COVID cases has increased, that is to be expected.

“It’s a virus, it’s going to spread,” he said. “But what we want the general public to realize is that just because places have opened back up doesn’t mean it’s safe. You still need to utilize social-distancing and wear a mask when going out.”

The CDC encourages everyone to take serious precautions before attending large gatherings.

“Just because things have opened up doesn’t mean everyone should stop being cautious,” Mayor Wayne stated. “Please, use common sense.”

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